Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
There are now serious concerns over the make-up of Jamaica’s 4x400m relay team here at the London Olympic Games, after Jermaine Gonzales and Rusheen McDonald both revealed injury issues after their respective 400m heats a short while ago.
Gonzales, who finished a disappointing sixth in his 400m heat with a time of 46.21, said that he has been struggling with a hamstring injury before the Jamaican Olympic Trials and that he is now uncertain of his participation in the 4x400m relay team, which was expected to challenge for a medal.
“I’m supposed to be the key man on the relay but as you can see today, I didn’t run so well. If it was up to me; I want to run but I'm pretty sure the rest of the guys are in better shape and running faster than me right now,” said Gonzales after his race.
McDonald, competing in his first Olympic Games, ran a positive 300m in his heat but faded towards the end, posting 46.67 for fourth place, before struggling through the mixed zone in obvious discomfort.
“My back,” he grimaced. “It's been bothering me for a long time but I came with it here and it feels worse now.”
Dane Hyatt, 400m semi-finalist; Errol Nolan, Edino Steele and Riker Hylton are the other members of the 4x400m relay pool even though there have been talks of the possible inclusion of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake in Jamaica’s 4x400m relay team.
Technical leader Donald Quarrie was unable to comment on the 4x400m team as he had not spoken to McDonald or Gonzales when contacted.